As part of learning about the history of Tewkesbury we have been learning about medieval life. We have learnt about the homes, medicine and falconry in medieval times. We also learnt that people in those times would eat pottage- a vegetable stew. So, we harvested our own potatoes, carrots, beans, squash and herbs as well as other vegetables to make our own. We all tried the pottage and many of the children even enjoyed it. Some even requested that it is put on the school dinner menu!
We had a great time on our school trip to Tewkesbury this term. We walked from school into town which took over an hour. We arrived at the Abbey and had a much needed rest. Throughout the day we got to go on a ‘luxury’ boat trip along the river. This was thoroughly enjoyed by the children and the staff. We visited ‘Out of the Hat’ museum and learnt about the history of the building and Bartholomew Read, a glove maker over 300 years ago. We also went on a search for ‘Alley Cats’ in some of the 30 alleyways in Tewkesbury. We learnt about who the alleys were named after. We also had a look around the Abbey. We enjoyed a picnic in the vicar’s garden in a posh marquee and even had time for a delicious ice cream, before visiting the secret garden. What an amazing day we had!
We have learnt all about Heraldry and why it was so important to help identify the knights in their full armour during battle. Each shield had a different design and the colours and charges used were often significant to the family. We designed our own shields to represent something from our life at home and something from school. We then had a fun day sewing, even though it was a bit tricky! We had lots of parents and grandparents to help us.
We have been lucky enough to be involved with having a community artist come into school to run workshops with the children. Jo taught us all about the War of the Roses and why the Medieval Festival takes place in Tewkesbury. We made ‘hawks’ from bottles, painted wings and covered out birds with fabric. Some of us will then fly them through town in the Medieval Parade.